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the david petraeus scandal and the fbi's investigation. we're covering all the angles of his first news conference since the election. and israel retaliates for rocket attacks with deadly strikes and extremist targets. now hamas is warning that the gates of hell have been opened. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> eight days after his re-election, president obama faced reporters in the midst of an unfolding scandal and with a potential economic crisis holding over his head. but he only got riled up when he responded to republican criticism of his united nations ambassador susan rice. more on that coming up. standby. but first, the president's careful responses about the investigation of this former cia chief david petraeus and on negotiations to avoid what's called the fiscal cliff. our white house correspondent jessica yellin was over at the east strip of the white house. you had a chance to speak to the president and ask him about that looming fiscal cliff. >> reporter: hi, wolf. that's right, i did. i asked the president why anyone should believe that he won't cave
to know who changed these talking points, and here with more on that, the author of the secrets of the fbi, chief washington correspondent for newsmax.com ronald kessler is back along with the former assistant secretary of defense, bing west is here with us as well. this is very frustrating to me because i feel we've been lied to. here we have this event happen, almost instantaneously petraeus knows what happened. the libyan president told us within a day what had happened. people on the ground told us what had happened. the state department watched in real-time. five days after, susan rice didn't know what happened and two weeks later the president couldn't say definitively it was a terrorist attack. is that plausible? >> shawn, there's no reason to have the argument in a way because every day the president is given a daily brief by the cia, so all one has to do in one of these intelligence committees is say well, let me see the brief that the president received on those days. it's either going to be in there or it's not. the problem when the white house doesn't want to even reveal what w
" in the investigation. back on october 27, out of the blue, he got an alarching phone call from an fbi employee about the general's extra-marital affair. we talked about the sex scandal, the benghazi and the fiscal cliff. nice to see you. >> great to be with you. >> greta: all right. this benghazi mess, fora lack of a better word, would you be in favor of a select committee instead of having several committees trying to investigate the house and the senate, having a streamlined, one select committee, investigate and get to the bottom of this? >> i know that -- i have met with our speaker and we are talking about it. i am for what is best, in terms of making sure the american people got the bottom line on what has happened. it's so frustrating about the benghazi situation is that the administration's story has just changed almost daily. and when you think about it, take a step back, you know, our ambassador died, others died here. this is so beyond politics, this is about our national security. this is about life and death of americans, civil servants, this is about the safety and security of our mili
surfaced that you -- that somehow you got information and you passed it on to the fbi director. what happened? >> well, you know, i was contacted by an individual in the fbi who i have never met, i didn't know. he offered information to me that gave me pause and a cause for alarm. i had no way to corroborate the information. and certainly, the information to me... gave rise to the possibility that there was a national security issues that perhaps our cia director was vulnerable. but i couldn't corroborate or substantiate the information that was given to me. we were about 10 days or a few weeks out before the election. and i didn't want to politicize it, i wanted to make sure that national security wasn't at risk. so i turned to the person and the entity that i felt best equipped to deal with that information, to get to the bottom of it. and this was the fbi director and his office, that we know has an obligation to make sure that our national security is the priority. and the fbi's also obligated to apprise congress if there is a need for or an ongoing investigation or if there is a
it at direction of the white house? >> along with changing al-qaeda to extremists the f.b.i. wanted to change in language from the u.s. knew islamic extremists were involved to there are indications. the new timeline does not address another inconsistency. after the attack, the diplomatic security agents were evacuated from the consulate to air base in germany. the f.b.i. learned from the consulate agents there was no demonstration and the single data point got the anti-islam video theory. >> shannon: thank you. last month, builders began work on homes and aparms since july of 2008. construction starts up 3.6% from september to october. stocks were mixed after a big day monday. the dow lost seven. the s&p 500 and nasdaq were both up a fraction of a point. in tonight's fiscal cliff update, assuming a deal gets done sometime before the clock strikes midnight on morning of january 1, what exactly is going to get cut? chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel looks at the possibilities. >> capitol hill sources say meetings between the white house and key lawmakers have been very business lik
about the cia director scandal until last week. especially because we are told that eric holder and fbi director robert mueller began looking into the affair last summer. we are told that mr. eric holder was told in september about it. then they spend weeks on an investigation that went so far as to open the cia director's e-mail, all without ever even mentioning it to the white house. joining me now is the former u.s. attorney general under george w. bush. there is an article in time magazine talking about you. about how you were the attorney general back in 2007. he wrote a memo that would have dissuaded or prohibited any contact between fbi justice and the white house when there is an ongoing criminal probe. you say that's nonsense. that's not what your mama said. >> that's correct. in fairness, "time" magazine, they got it right. but what the memo was meant to do and what it did was to stop contact in criminal investigation, ordinary investigation and restricted. it is permitted to have contact. megyn: so when there is an fbi investigation of this sort going on, saying mr. president
of national intelligence, the acting director of the cia, senior deputy at the fbi, senior undersecretary of the state department as well as the head of the national terrorism center. and the active director of the cia will tell members of congress that the annex did not call for military assistance to help them on the day of the attack in benghazi, jenna. jenna: there is so much happening cat reurpbgs the foc catherine, the focus today, what are you happening. >> reporter: fox news was told the focus breaks down into a handful of areas. what was the intelligence picture leading up to the benghazi attack. between june and september there were at least three attacks on benghazi on western or diplomatic interests. at what point did the u.s. intelligence community assessment show that benghazi was a terrorist attack, and how did that conflict with the obama administration's statement that it was a spontaneous demonstration in response to this anti-islam video. and also director petraeus, at what point did he understand whether he was the focus of an fbi investigation and whether this in anyw
who triggered the fbi petraeus probe revealed. we're getting new information about who this veteran agent is and how he got involved. and a storm victim struggling to stay warm with no power for weeks gets a personal visit from the president of the united states. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we've got breaking news. we're getting new information about what then-cia director david petraeus knew about the benghazi attack and when he knew it. let's get right to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, what are you learning? >> wolf, i have just spoken to someone, a long-standing source who has spoken to david petraeus. this is someone on his level professionally. this person is directly familiar from petraeus with his thinking, with petraeus' thinking about what he will tell congress tomorrow about the benghazi attacks. david petraeus wants to tell congress that he knew almost immediately after the september 11th attacks that the group ansar al sharia, that al qaeda sympathizing
" and other programs with the comments saying that, you know, there's a fbi investigation and appears to be a spontaneous attack. there's displeasure of the united states of what they were finding out at the time. >> pete williams, we thought so much more would be said of general allen and general petraeus and the president answering the questions but i think predictably avoiding getting pulled in to too much, especially with who u eve got mbenbenghazi with general petra and another set of issues and cia chief. >> right. and what he basically said is that he sees no classified evidence or no danger of classified evidence was in any way disclosed to jeopardize national security. and the second thing he said is, that his expectations is that the fbi followed established protocols. when chuck gave him the chance to say are you withholding judgment, the president said, yes, that's right. i'm withholding judgment on what the fbi did here and then said he has great respect for the fbi and that if he had been told about the investigation in the middle of it then everybody would be asking, wh
was withholding judgment whether the fbi and the justice department were correct in not informing him over these many months that the cia director at the time, david petraeus, was already under investigation. we'll have a lot more to dissect on that as well. i want to go to capitol hill now. dana bash is standing by. here's what john mccain said earlier in the day, because i know we're already getting reaction to the president's very angry statement going after mccain and lindsey graham on their insistence they'll do whatever they can to block susan rice from potentially becoming the next secretary of state. here is what mccain said earlier. >> i've said for days, weeks that -- >> you said you haven't gott gotten -- >> it is a cover-up or gross incompeten incompetence, one of the two. can't be anything else. maybe a combination of both. the president of the united states didn't even tell the truth. >> all right, strong words. are you getting reaction on the hill to what we heard from the president, dana? >> i am. i'm getting -- first of all, let me clarify, wolf that was john mccain yester
problematic e-mails. and of course the third track involves paula broadwell, biographer of petraeus. and the f.b.i. still has an investigation into broadwell because of her handle ago and perhaps mishandling of of classified information. and there could be other investigations, frankly, we are not aware of. >> schieffer: tom ricks i was struck by something you wrote in an op-ed or someplace that you didn't approve of general petraeus and paula broadwell but you also thought it was none of your business. >> i think there are two scandals in the whole petraeus affair. the first scandal is why the f.b.i. was looking into lovers' quarrels. the second and more troubling to me is that we seem to care more about the sex lives of our generals than the real lives of our soldiers. everybody can tell you the name of paula broadwell. nobody can tell you the name of the americans killed in afghanistan in the last week. i saw some stats that said there were about 50 casualties in afghanistan, which is dead and wounded, since petraeus-- the petraeus affair came out. nobody is paying attention to that. to me, a r
of the investigation. the f.b.i. has its own protocols in terms of how they proceed. i'm going to let director mueller and others examine those protocols and make some statements to the public generally. i do want to emphasize what i've said before. yen petraeus had an extraordinary career. he served this country with great distinction in iraq, in afghanistan, and as head of the c.i.a. by his own assessment, he did not meet the standards that he felt were necessary as the director of the c.i.a. with respect to this personal matter he's now dealing with with his family and with his wife. it's on that basis that he tendered his resignation and it's on that basis that i accepted it. but i want to emphasize that from my perspective at least, he has provided this country an extraordinary service. we are safer because of the work that dave petraeus has done and my main hope right now is that he and his family are able to move on and that this ends up being a single side note on what has otherwise been an extraordinary career. >> what about voters? do they deserve to know? >> i think you'll to sr. to talk to
do not share outside the justice department, outside the f.b.i. the facts of ongoing investigations. we made the determination as we were going through the matter that there was not a threat to national security. had we made the determination that a threat to national security existed, we would, of course, had made that known to the president and also to the appropriate members on the hill. but as we went through the investigation, looked at the facts and tried to examine them as they developed, we were very -- we felt e very secure in the knowledge that a national security threat did not exist that warranted the sharing of that information with the white house or the hill. but when we got to a point in the investigation and it was very late in the investigation after a very critical interview occurred on the friday before we made that disclosure, when we got to that point when we thought it was appropriate to share the information, we did so. >> thank you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> after the a
reserves got her security clearance suspended. and the fbi agent who helped launch the investigation into the scandal, frederick humphreys ii, a veteran counter terrorism investigator. the former senior adviser to president reagan, pat buchanan joins us. rush limbaugh said this is different than watergate. >> as a basic issue, yes it is. watergate was about a bunch of guys, going over to the watergate offices to plug the phone of larry o'brian. criminal activity, yes. but petty compared to a terrorist attack that kill an american ambassador and two navy seals and a diplomat. people who were begging for security and begging for help out there for months. >> greta: i think the important point to make that is people just want facts. they want information. and that's what has been so profoundly difficult to get. there are not necessarily, you can't make any accusations because they can't get the facts. >> let's take a look at what the president said. susan rice, we sent her out there. she went on five television shows and she told a patently false story. the president said she based it o
, this and is not my recollection. >> he also knew he was under investigation by the fbi, speaking of general petraeus. that's the big question. >> then the president is saying i didn't know until two days after the election. >> i have to say this, that speculation is absolutely reckless and it has no fact base at all and it really is a disgrace to a man. >> haen days are, indeed, here again. ♪ >> after a hard-won re-election fight, it's been a high-stakes return to the business of governing for the president of the united states. today he hosted congressional leaders at the white house to begin working on what he called the urgent business of reaching an agreement on taxes and spending cuts by the end of next month. this afternoon the president greeted a diverse range of civic leaders at the white house and, of course, he's preparing for his impending tour of southeast asia which begins at the week end. so that's what's been going on at the white house. or is it? >> the president of the united states did not tell the american people the truth about the attacks that took four brave americans' lives.
. >>> the fbi uncovers an alleged plot to kill americans overseas and that tops our look at stories around the news nation today. four southern california men have been charged with conspiring to engage in violent jihad. the fbi says the men were planning to join al qaeda and they were planning to bomb the facilities and public places. >>> the indianapolis house explosion is now considered a homicide investigation. federal authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information in the case. >>> a fierce storm has brought floods, winds and heavy rains to oregon and washington state. at least one death has been blamed on the storm. 50,000 people are currently without power there. >>> kevin clash, behind the elmo character on "sesame street" has resigned. this comes after a second person has come forward with a lawsuit accusing clash of having sex with him when he was underage. now, in a statement "sesame street" workshops says the allegations against clash had become a distraction. >>> next in today's news nation, do you think egypt can convince hamas to stop firing on israel? how you can
on their list including guns. the fbi says demand for new firearms was so high on black friday it had a little trouble getting up with all the background checks required. anna koiman is live from randolph, new jersey with more on that story. [gunfire] >> reporter: good morning to everybody and hope, fflt bi says on black friday, about 155,000 calls for background checks. that broke last year's record of about 129,000 calls. in fact the fbi is saying they even experienced brief blackout periods and had to quit taking calls which hurt the bottom line of some gun shop owners including the ones here in randolph, new jersey. [inaudible] busiest shopping day of the year. now the reason for the surge in the sales in guns? some gun shop owners attribute it to politics and mother nature. lawmakers might soon enact gun control laws. across the northeast residents want to protect thems following superstorm sandy. >> since the election you have had the perfect storm. you had hurricane sandy. you had re-election of barack obama. you have people realizing not only is it their second amendment right but they
gas. >> one of f.b.i.'s most wanted behind bars. police capturing an accused murder suspect in mexico on thursday. >> to support you and build you up to stardom. >> and in return? >> i get 25% of your earnings from all sources and the exclusive use of your services for as long as you want. >> 10%. >> done. ♪ >> heather: that is larry hagmarn in his best known role on dallas. tributes are pouring in after word of his death. at the age of 81, familiar face, he just recently returned to prime time. dominic is live in los angeles with more. >> reporter: yes, he died due to complications with battle against cancer. he played the meanest man on television. take a listen. >> he was charismatic. he was charming. that evil side, that side that constantly went on. >> he became the character he portrayed on his show and he was definitely the mass the terrify. >> he was on it again when they redid it. he was 81. he worked for most of it. pretty amazing. >> reporter: they shared a deep sadness including lynde dra gray. she said he brought joy to everyone he knew and he was creative and talented.
classified and it is still part of the ongoing fbi investigation. but i think that is the feeling within the intelligence community that at least if they can get the public to see part of this, too, they are going to understand just how sort of chaotic and difficult it was to figure out very quickly certainly within 24 hours what exactly had happened. so they were, you know, their initial information on this according to sources of mine was coming in from people who were on the ground, who were interviewed right away, some media accounts, all of those different threads coming together as barbara mentioned. but the video really apparently isn't of great quality. some hits in it, a very grainy image, so it's difficult to say exactly what they can tell from it. >> it will be riveting tomorrow when general petraeus gives his evidence. he was the boss of the cia when this all kicked off and although he's been embroiled in this scandal, many will say what he says tomorrow and the outcome of this inquiry is going to be a lot more important than what he did in a bedroom. so thank you both very m
was concerned, we went through a timeline. we went through representatives, the cia, and the fbi, and i think when members were able to see the time line, the sense was still the same. you have a group of extremists who took it vantage of the situation, and we lost four american lives. there were representatives from al qaeda and other groups. you had individuals with the ability to shoot mortars, and i think it shows it was a terrorist attack of sophistication. whether these people gain expertise from being in benghazi or being out there and fighting from that process, that is one thing. we are still focusing on the people who did it. we need to bring them to justice and make sure how this event occurred. so we learn from this so the american people will be protected in the future. >> what is the status of the fbi investigation? >> investigation on what? >> no lead or no witnesses to talk to? >> i think we need to have them work with the intelligence committee to attempt to identify who coordinated the attacks, and i think this is an ongoing investigation trying to get the intelligence commu
papers." "the new york times," the fbi agent who initiated the investigation that led to the discovery of cia director david petraeus's affair has been identified as frederick humphries. humphries began the investigation after jill kelley complained of harassing e-mails which later turned out to be paula broadwell, the biographer. humphries is a veteran agent who has helped investigate high-profile terror suspects like the so-called millennium bomber. >>> "washington post," nearly 50 million people in the united states are in poverty. up from last year, according to the census. a new formula shows more people relying on safety nets as higher costs of living and medical expenses sent poverty members upward. california, the district of columbia, arizona, florida and georgia top the list of places with the highest levels of poverty. >> from our parade of papers, "the cedar rapids gazette," fema may need to request a congressional bailout as flood claims from sandy quadruple capacity. it's a fema subsidiary and claims from sandy could top $12 billion. the program's essentially the country'
with service in the house of representatives. jackson is the subject of inveigations by the fbi aej house ethics committee. >>> a group of world powers say they want to resume negotiations with iran over the nuclear program as soon as possible. the last time what is called the p-5 plus one held talks with iran was in june. and this came after a report from the international atomic energy agency which just said iran is not cooperating with nuclear inspectors. they also said iran has completed the installations of centrifuge tez fuel enrichment plant, a plant that can enrichure and yum to 20% which is crucial. it's at that level that it becomes easier to convert it to a weapon. >>> a judge has given a preliminary approval for hostess brands, the maker of twinkies to liquidate. hostess can now start the process of selling the bakeries, brands, and recipes. it will be the most valuable thing it has, everybody. the ceo told reporters after the hearing that they will move as quickly as possible to sole sell those brands. the sad part is 15 thoi thou of the company's 18,500 employees will likely
organizations to freely operate on twitter is enabling the enemy. the f.b.i. and twitter must recognize sooner than later the social media has a tool for the outlaw terrorists, and it has to stop and that's just the way if is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized. >> mr. speaker, as the republican of georgia deals with its first democratic transition of power, i spent the last few days speaking at length with the president and the new prime minister about the necessity to continue the pursuit of the rule of law. mr. dreier: mr. speaker, this is a critical moment for the georgian people that can either put the country on a path of sustainable democracy or turn back the clock on the tremendous gains that have been made since the rose revolution. mr. speaker, the united states must remain engaged with the new government to promo
. >> was morell in there? >>he was not. >> [indiscernible] >>there was somebody from the fbi. i forget his name. thank you very much. >> next, senators brief reporters on the attack on libya. then marcia fudge and the criticism of suzanne rise. after that preston obama and congressional leaders talk about the fiscal of negotiations. -- fiscal cliff negotiations. tomorrow, marco rubio is a speaker at a fund-raiser for terry branstad. he has been mentioned as a potential republican presidential candidate in 2016. coverage of his remarks as 7:a 30 p.m. eastern on c-span. -- at 7:30 eastern on c-span. >> two days of nonfiction books, arthur panel's, interviews, and your calls, e-mails, and tweets. featured authors include reyna grande, joahn walsh, and christopher hitchens. live coverage saturday 10:00 eastern and sunday afternoon. >> david patraeus testified before a closed hearing on the investigation concerning the consulate attack. following the hearing committee members spoke to reporters. >> so far seven hours of hearings, we have spent the last two hours with former director patraeus. he lai
't that stunning that months later that they should be coming in? where was the fbi? but i think the major point is that the president of the united states wanted to say that osama bin laden is gone and al-qaeda is on the run. al-qaeda is not on the run. they are all over iraq. they are pouring in to syria. they have taken over northern mali. i'm telling you it is because the weak and feckless leadership by this president that al-qaeda is not only not on the run or decimated they are far, far stronger than they were four years ago. >> judge jeanine: and senator, i think events of of the past month or so have made that clear. senator, you been in politics for many years around all of us believe you our government. we want to believe our government leaders. have you lost faith, have you lost faith like so many people have in the word of the white house and what clearly are lies? they knew they were lies at the time? how does it make you feel? >> makes me feel terrible. makes me even feel worse that i lost. but when the president of the united states says things that are patently false, when goes t
on the specifics of the investigation. the fbi has its own protocols in terms of how they proceed. and i'm going to let director mueller and others examine those protocols, and make some statements to the public generally. i do want to emphasize what i said before. general petraeus had an extraordinary career. deserved this country with great distinction in iraq, in afghanistan, and as head of the cia. by his own assessment, he did not meet the standards that he felt were necessary as the director of cia with respect to this personal matter that he is now dealing with, with his family, and with his wife. and it's on that basis that he tendered his resignation, and it's on that basis that i accepted it. but i want to emphasize that from my perspective at least, he has provided this country and extraordinary service. we are safer because of the work that dave petraeus has done, and my main hope right now is that he and his family are able to move on, and that this instead of being -- this into a being a single side note on what has been otherwise been an extraordinary career. [inaudible] >> you kn
trust in the fbi, cia, at home and security. i have complete trust within the confines of their agency walls. if you look at all of the botched terrorist plots that have been occurring since 9/11, it is absolutely amazing what our agencies are doing to keep us safe. who i do not trust is the white house suits who apparently put a spin on the nsa's official briefs and input on worldwide events. i believe the white house puts a political spin on everything that comes to the president, to the secretary of state. then to the american people. it was 9/11 when we had benghazi going down. that is a data i think the president would rather have nothing going down. apparently there was something going down. with petraeus, is it not ironic that he is now being the scrutinized over these extramarital affairs when he is about to testify in regards to what happened in benghazi. >>let's get a couple more comments on facebook and twitter. thank you for all of your calls. coming up next, congressman ron paul, a republican of texas set to retire. he will talk about that, the fiscal cliff, and the latest
in an alleged terror plot to kill americans and destroy u.s. targets overseas. they were arrested after the fbi uncovered their plans to engage in, quote, violent jihad. authorities say the four plan to join and train with al qaeda and the taliban in afghanistan. indiana police now believe an explosion that leveled several homes was no accident. they've opened up a homicide investigation. two people were killed and seven others injured in the november 10th explosion at the richmond hills subdivision. texts are now searching for a white van that was spotted in the neighborhood shortly before the blast. >>> republican congressman allen west has conceded defeat to democratic challenger patrick murphy. that's in the race for florida's 18th congressional district. west who is a tea party favorite released a statement this morning saying quote, while any questions remain unanswered today i am announcing that i will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election. final results of a recount sunday put murphy ahead of west by over 1900 votes. >>> the latest now in the petraeus sex scanda
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